Past Winners

2019: Carols with violin

Travis M. Ramsey (Etna, NH) Little Lamb, Who Made Thee
Paul John Rudoi (Eugene, OR) The Orbit Carol

2018: Carols with oboe

Mark Shepperd (Woodbury, MN) O Jesus So Sweet, O Jesus So Mild
Stephen Shewan (Medina, NY) The Little Cradle Rocks Tonight

2017: Carols for a cappella chorus

Nancy Gifford (Doylestown, PA) Fill the Sky
David Evan Thomas (Minneapolis, MN) Carol of the Night

2016: Carols with vibraphone accompaniment

Lee Blaske (Excelsior, MN) A Cradle Song
Sean Sweeden (Kansas City, MO) Adam Lay Ybounden

2015: Carols with trumpet in B-flat or C

Josh Bauder (Crystal, MN) Sleep Softly, Lullaby
Laura Caviani (Minneapolis, MN) Go Tell It on the Mountain

2014: Carols with folk fiddle

Justin Merritt (Northfield, MN) Miles and Miles
Rachel DeVore Fogarty (Long Island City, NY) The Song of a Shepherd

2013: Carols with piano

William V. Malpede (West Hollywood, CA) Sound Over All Waters 
Dale Trumbore (Los Angeles, CA) Ring Out, Ye Bells!  

2012: Carols with concert C flute

David Biedenbender (Ann Arbor, MI) This Night
Sheena Phillips (Trenton, NJ) The Christmas Bird

2011: Carols for men’s voices (TTBB) accompanied by English horn

James Kallembach (Chicago, IL) That Yongë Child
Robert Sieving (Minnetonka, MN) O Stella de Bethlehem

2010: Carols with handbell accompaniment

J. David Moore (St. Paul, MN) I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day
Mark Shepperd (Woodbury, MN) Come Join Their Song 

2009: Carols with viola

Michael J. Glasgow (Raleigh, NC) Welcome the King
Robert Sieving (Minnetonka, MN) See Amid the Winter’s Snow 

2008: Carols with French horn

Scott Ethier (Astoria, NY) A Mother’s Carol
Peter Hilliard (Roslyn, PA) Christ’s Nativity 

2007: Carols with celeste

Matthew Brown (Los Angeles, CA) Sweet was the Song
Stephen Main (San Francisco, CA) The Darkest Midnight in December 

2006: Carols with solo acoustic guitar

Diego Luzuriaga (Ardmore, PA) Un Nacimiento (A Nativity Scene)
John Rommereim (Grinnell, IA) Calm on the Listening Ear of Night 

2005: Carols with solo cello

Paul Gibson (Downey, CA) It Fell Upon the High Midnight
Jocelyn Hagen (Minneapolis, MN) See Amid the Winter Snow 

2004: Carols with solo recorder

Keith Bradshaw (Lexington, VA) Soft, the Light
James Sclater (Clinton, MS) Piping Carol 

2003: Carols with solo instrumental accompaniment

Thomas Fielding (Bloomington, IN) Behold the Dark and Bitter Night
Alan Higbee (Beechwood, OH) In the Bleak Midwinter 

2002: Carols with percussion accompaniment

Mary Lynn Place Badarak (Cochiti Lake, NM) Brightest and Best
Paul Lohman (Minneapolis, MN) Angels Heard on High

2001: Carols with string orchestra accompaniment

Clive Muncaster (Princeton, NJ) Shepherds, Shake Off Your Drowsy Sleep
Sergey Khvoshchinsky (St. Paul, MN) The Christmas Silence

2000: Carols with harp accompaniment

Brian Holmes (San Jose, CA) The Shepherd and the King
Emily Maxson Porter (Fridley, MN) I Sing the Birth

1999: Carols with audience participation

Robert A.M. Ross (Philadelphia, PA) What Child Is This?
Jonathan Santore (Plymouth, NH) This Holy Christmas Night

1998: Carols for a cappella chorus

Joan Griffith (Minneapolis, MN) Sweet Noel
Richard Voorhaar (St. Paul, MN) The Virgin’s Cradle Hymn